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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 12:20 am 
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hey i know there's a few of you on the forum here & i might have scored a convertible shell, any tips or mods i need to make to re-inforce it/prep it before swapping everything over.<br>i want to move over everything, mk3 dash, taillights, seats, engine, tranny, power windows, fenders, body kit, brakes, etc...<br><br>found <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.joeld.net/metrozone/metrogtinotes.html" target="top">this link</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> in <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://pub83.ezboard.com/fteamswiftfrm9.showMessage?topicID=63.topic" target="top">another thread</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> <br><br>also wondering about <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.ioportracing.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=IPRS&Category_Code=AP070" target="top">a roll bar</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> & some additional windshield support as i've heard it feels like (or it will) fold over @ highway speeds w/ the top down ?<br>anyone else interested in what it might look like to do one themselves can check out <!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www1.neweb.ne.jp/wb/culconclub/english/index-e.htm" target="top">the cultus convertible club</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> over in japan <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub83.ezboard.com/bteamswift.showUserPublicProfile?gid=n1tr0>n1tr0</A> at: 7/31/03 2:12 am<br></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:31 am 
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I done the swap on my friend convertible without re-inforcing his car. At the base it's almost the same car but convertible... Some differences on my friend car was no sway-bars, transmission mount not placed at the same place but I just maked a place like on this image : <!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.joeld.net/metrozone/tn24Aug01geoB.jpg" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--> because there only a difference of one hole...<br><br>For any other re-inforcement, that's at your wish...<br><br>Daniel <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:55 am 
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i've heard that the mounting holes/threads are there, but require drilling/cutting through the outside layer of sheetmetal ?<br> <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 5:08 am 
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If that's true I never seen any emplacement to fit it on any side when done the swap on my friend car... <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 9:56 am 
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That's because you haven't looked at the right place. Have a look at this picture:<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://ca.f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/jardamuth/vwp?.dir=/Gt+Convertible&.src=ph&.dnm=Hole+Uncovered.jpg&.view=t&.done=http%3a//ca.f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/bc/jardamuth/lst%3f%26.dir=/Gt%2bConvertible%26.src=ph%26.view=t" target="top">holes</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>And yes, it's a convertible. You can see the thin layer of sheet metal I removed with a hole saw. <p>Jardamuth<br><br></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:08 pm 
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hey thanks jess, i was looking for your picture gallery last night, your convertible is a gem. what did you tell the insurance company, is it registered as the original gti, or the convertible ? and what's the boot lid spoiler from ? i wouldn't have thought you'd find one narrow enough to mount ?<br>any comments on the weight vs. the original gti ?<br> <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2003 3:07 pm 
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Wow! So00ooo many questions!
Well, first I must warn you, make sure your shell is a 92 and up or you won't be able to fit your dash into it. 91 and older shells have the 3 brackets much lower in the firewall. I did not reinforced the frame because it was pretty good with very litle rust so I left it stock, However I added one of my custum underbody braces and made a strut bar along with a much bigger booster for improved braking. This car also feature the latest out-from-hell braking improvement from the 'mad quebecer' 's workshop. As for the weigh, don't set your expectations too high as a convertible shell is much more heavier than a gt's. Adding a gt engine only make matter worse. Remeber, this car is a convertible and will alway have a lot of flex, especially when you hit bumps and holes on the road. I added oversized sway bar on mine, wich has only made the car less comfortable but heck... it's done now. Oh! you have to weld swaybar mounts on the rear too. Really, doing something like that is for pleasure purpose, period. It's still insured as a geo since I had to pass certification and didn't wanted to mess with frame's serial number. The lid is from a nissan sentra, dunno wich year, but it fit fine. It's now for sale due to my g/f getting mad about me because I spend to much time modifiying my cars and not enought with her. If I don't sell it then a custom anti-roll bar will be next. I'ts pretty frightening to ride at 120 km/h and start to think that there is nothing between your head and the ground if the car roll.

Hope I answered everything.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2003 4:23 am 
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hey jess, thank-you again & again for all the awesome details you've provided (including your brakes tips, etc) .. do you know of anyone else who's done the swap, i'm just itching to get a shell & looking for more ideas on modifying the convertibles. <br>i still haven't found any good ideas for re-enforcing the windshield w/ the top down aside from a rollcage, but it doesn't look like there's much room inside to have a cage, & it would probably look pretty funny.<br>if anyone has any good swift convertible pics, please email them to me as i'm going to try to put up another gallery on my webserver.<br>thanks =) <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2003 6:36 pm 
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(bump)<br>is jardamuth the only person who's made a full gti convertible conversion w/ pics ? (by full i mean all the gt parts, not just the engine) ...<br> <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2003 6:18 am 
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Hey Kris I have done this swap as well last summer. I have no pics as the car is not painted yet and looks something similar to those VW Golfs of a few years ago that had every panel a different colour. I converted every thing! Full interior, front and rear GT Disk's, motor, hood, front fenders, GT body kit, anti-sway bars, even the remote fuel door. it also has steel braided lines, Gab adjustables with 600lbs spring in the back and 350lb springs up front. It feels stable at all speeds, and I have not noticed any flexing issues. As for the roll bar I would like to install a twin loop design similar to the aftermarket ones available for the Miata. But as I am paying for college that dosnt seem like it will be happening this year anyway.<br><br>Ryan <p></p><i></i>


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:26 pm 
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Yep, I did. I just did the ECU, fuel pump, engine wiring harness. Worked ok for me. And sorry N1tro, when I did my swap, I didn't have a digital cam. I have been looking for another metro body to do another swap. If I find one, i'll do a full breakdown of it :).


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2004 12:52 pm 
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ah this is an old thread .. although w/ me probably moving to the states soon, i may have to put the mini idea on hold, so i may go back to the convertible project .. esp. after checking out that photoshopped merger of a convertible & the jdm style bodykit =) .. mmmmmm yummy


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i am doing this swap right now and i do believe you have to change the harness inside the car aswell. not 100% sure because i have not got that far but have been told to change everything.


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